Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010

‘Poor man’s fight’

No braver or more dedicated soldier ever took the field than the Confederate warrior of the the Civil War. However, no person ever fought for a sorrier cause, and today’s historical revisionists only add to that dishonor. In 1860, Lincoln won the office of the president by promising not to allow slavery in the western states and territories. This caused great concern among slave states.

By 1861, the importation of slaves had for decades been illegal, it was at that time the duty of the garrison at Fort Sumner in Charleston Harbor to watch for slave-running ships. This is the excuse South Carolina used to declare Fort Sumner a nest of Union spys, and the reason Fort Sumner was fired upon.

The Confederacy fired the first shots of the war not in response to a Union invasion. It was rather caused by the desire of plantation owners to maintain their opulent life styles. Once again, even in the South, the cry of rich man’s war, poor man’s fight was heard.

Every time the call for states’ rights is sounded, it’s because some wealthy and powerful group wishes to do evil to a not- so-powerful group, and they would like the federal government to not interfere. Current examples are the war on the middle class by corporations and the wealthy. Its time to fight back, America.

-- Thomas Spence


Any lessons learned?

So what have we learned in 2,065 years? Cicero in 55 B.C., wrote: “The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”

What have we learned? Evidently nothing.

-- Bob Barry


Be careful what you ask for

I was lucky in life when I was 9 months old to get a father in southwest Missouri in the Ozarks. We left there when I was only 4 years old. I don’t really remember the snow, but I do remember him talking about “black ice.” My next destination in life was 43 years in California, 20 years in Los Angeles and 23 years in Sacramento. Californians have places such as Big Bear Mountain, Hemet, Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley when they want to see snow.

I next spent two years in Virginia near Washington, D.C. It was not a whole lot of fun walking out to my car every morning and de-icing the windows with a scraper. You had to buy a special snow shovel just to clear the snow off the driveway, sidewalk and front steps. I remembered my father’s words about black ice when I slid down my front steps one morning attempting to retrieve my Washington Post. My elbows were my break pad as I became a human toboggan. As a Southerner, I understand and enjoy why Georgians get so excited about possible snow days. If you don’t have the additional burdens of living in it day to day, it’s fun. One to 2 inches of snow is exciting. Have you really ever talked to people who have moved into Georgia from places where 1 to 2 inches isn’t snow at all?

What was really funny was Kenny Burgamy trying to get Michelle Apon to predict the arrival of snow at Christmas on NewsTalk Central last week. She is an ice skater, not a snow skier

-- Daniel Schlafer


Best wishes

To all the city officials, public servants and beloved citizens of Macon, thank you for doing your part in making this city great. It is your hard work that ensures the successful function of the city today, while preparing the next generation for tomorrow. Best wishes to you and your families during this holiday season.

-- Paul W. Bronson



Reading about Pearl Harbor recently brought to mind a poem I read at that time. I graduated from high school and went out to Hill Field in Ogden, Utah to work on B-24s that were coming back from battle.

I had my sixteenth birthday on the train going out there. A poem I read at the time and still remember says: “The Lord gave us two ends to use; one to sit with, one to think with. The war depends on which we choose; heads we win, tails we lose.”

-- Elaine S. Davis


Taking to the streets?

To update the comment about government spending attributed to the late U.S. senator from Illinois, Everett Dirkson, “A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon you’re talking about big money.” Of course, his original remark referred to billions of dollars. We’re well beyond that. Already several European countries, England, France, Greece and Ireland, have had riots over their governments’ austerity programs. We, as they, have become so accustomed to and dependent upon government handouts that we take them for granted.

Politicians who continually allocate nonexistent money for earmarks and entitlements for special interest groups and their constituents are irresponsible at the very least. They are essentially buying votes to ensure their re-election. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that frustrated Americans may take to the streets when someone in authority comes to his or her senses and musters the courage to insist that we rein in the spending.

-- Robert L. Lehane

Fort Valley

Prayer for today

Most gracious and loving God, when the storms of life are raging deep down in our souls, take us into your arms of love. There is no heart- that knows more about our needs than yours. Comfort the lonely, the sick, the distressed and the heart broken. Be with us when we are consumed with grief. Thank you, father, for saving our souls in life and in death. With a grateful heart, this I pray, Amen.

-- Sheila Bennett


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